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POTHOLES

PREPARE YOUR EYES TO READ AND YOUR HEART TO RECEIVE AS YOU TAKE IN THE WORDS THAT LOOK TO CHANGE LIVES, RENEW HEARTS, AND OPEN MINDS.


A pothole is a depression in the road's surface due to water weakening the underlying soil and traffic passing over the affected area.


As a Home Owners Association board member, our first task was to repair three streets with monstrous potholes that wreaked havoc on the homeowner's vehicles who lived on those affected roads for four years. As a board, we voted to seek out companies that could repair the streets in a reasonable amount of time to avoid disrupting the owners. We narrowed our search to three companies using the following guidelines; what previous clients said about their quality, professionalism, timeframe, and affordability.


We chose the midrange company due to their guarantee that if we cleared the streets of personal vehicles, in one day, they would be able to get the equipment in, install the asphalt, and deny access until the road was completed, with an overall completion between 5-7 days. The board received high praise from the residents because the company installed a thicker pavement that could support traffic during freezing/thawing periods, completed the project on time, and the price was right.


Imagine if we would have gotten the roads fixed at a low price, procrastinated another six months for the next board to fix the problem, or had a nonchalant attitude about fixing the streets due to those roads not affecting any of the board members?


Our lives are the same as those roads with potholes. Our damage and broken pieces come from depression, stress, fatigue, frustration, people, and relationships. Although the outside might look complete, the defects and cracks left unmaintained and unsealed still allow chaos to enter, which compromises your mental, physical and spiritual integrity. Instead of finding the right ways or methods to fill in the voids, we often find alternative ways that only provide a quick fix.


If you looked back over the past month on what you have spent your money on, the activities or conversations you have had, would it point to an area in your life that you were trying to patch up?


Although we might think that potholes are evil, what if you thought of it as a warning sign that something is wrong? We all try to avoid potholes because we know the damage that will occur to our vehicles if not avoided, but do we do the same thing with our actions or in our relationships? Just like that crack or tear in the road is a visible sign that the asphalt is weak, daily signs warn us that imminent danger is near? Identifying and taking action on shallow relationships, self-destructive behavior, and poor decision-making will allow you to build better relationships, experience less pain, grief, remorse, stress, and love stronger.


"When you change the way you look at things, the things that you look at will change." Max Planck


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